New Charity Shop Attracts Thousands

New Charity Shop Attracts Thousands

READY TO SERVE: Andrew Farthing at the book counter.

AT EASE: In the new Snowdrops Cafe.

First published in News by

THE FIRST week of trade for a new hospice shop and cafe in Worcester is being hailed as busy success story.

The latest addition to St Richard’s Hospice’s chain of shops, in St Swithin's Street, Worcester, opened to the public on Saturday, July 29, following a preview evening which was attended by more than 300 of the hospice's staff, volunteer and supporters.

The premises combines a clothes and book store with a cafe.

The newly refitted shop replaces a temporary store at The Cross and the Snowdrops Bookshop in Reindeer Court.

On its first day of opening, over £5,000 worth of pre-loved and new goods were sold and during its first week, over 2,300 people called in.

Danny Corns, the shop's commercial director, said; “Including a café within the store is something that is quite new for the charity sector, but at St Richard’s we are keen to learn lessons from the wider retail sector. From the many positive comments we have received during the store’s inaugural weekend, we are confident that this will prove to be a sound investment.

“Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to make the new shop look fantastic. I would particularly like to thank Andrew Farthing, one of our volunteers, who has spent so much time preparing the new bookshop. The success of our shops is down to the dedication of our volunteers and the local community and the hospice is very lucky to benefit from their generous support.”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,400 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

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10:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Small Town says...

It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by.

Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.
It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by. Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will. Small Town
  • Score: -30

10:57pm Thu 7 Aug 14

CJH says...

Small Town wrote:
It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by.

Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.
Well let's hope you or anyone close to you never needs help from St Richards then.
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by. Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.[/p][/quote]Well let's hope you or anyone close to you never needs help from St Richards then. CJH
  • Score: 39

8:58am Fri 8 Aug 14

PaulMeUnder says...

Another charity shop for Worcester! Woo hoo!! More shops where you can experience Basil Fawltyesque customer service!
Another charity shop for Worcester! Woo hoo!! More shops where you can experience Basil Fawltyesque customer service! PaulMeUnder
  • Score: -22

9:03am Fri 8 Aug 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

We once rang St Richards and told them we had quite a bit of furniture, of very good quality, that instead of the hassle of auction, we would like to donate it to the hospice.

A man came in a van to collect it, turned his nose up at it and gave us some uncouth verbal.

Needless to say we gave the same back and instead took it to auction. We made £3500 out of it. What a shame this man didn't have the same vision. That only could have really helped people who rely on the hospice.
We once rang St Richards and told them we had quite a bit of furniture, of very good quality, that instead of the hassle of auction, we would like to donate it to the hospice. A man came in a van to collect it, turned his nose up at it and gave us some uncouth verbal. Needless to say we gave the same back and instead took it to auction. We made £3500 out of it. What a shame this man didn't have the same vision. That only could have really helped people who rely on the hospice. WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: 5

10:43am Fri 8 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

good . another book shop too.
good . another book shop too. liketoknow
  • Score: 9

10:59am Fri 8 Aug 14

New Kid on the Block says...

Small Town wrote:
It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by.

Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.
Why do you claim this is a subsidised business?
It is a profit making enterprise intended to make money for a very good cause.
If they take money form the likes of Costa then good luck to them.
I shall certainly be giving them a try next time I am in town.
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by. Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.[/p][/quote]Why do you claim this is a subsidised business? It is a profit making enterprise intended to make money for a very good cause. If they take money form the likes of Costa then good luck to them. I shall certainly be giving them a try next time I am in town. New Kid on the Block
  • Score: 22

6:13pm Fri 8 Aug 14

mauro balbino says...

I was warmfully welcomed by Mr Farthing on my search for a Panama.

And I had a good espresso at the first floor where I found for £5.00 an edition of "Vincent Van Gogh paintings and Drawings" with 120 plates!

That was two Saturdays ago.
I was warmfully welcomed by Mr Farthing on my search for a Panama. And I had a good espresso at the first floor where I found for £5.00 an edition of "Vincent Van Gogh paintings and Drawings" with 120 plates! That was two Saturdays ago. mauro balbino
  • Score: 7

9:53pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Small Town says...

New Kid on the Block wrote:
Small Town wrote:
It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by.

Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.
Why do you claim this is a subsidised business?
It is a profit making enterprise intended to make money for a very good cause.
If they take money form the likes of Costa then good luck to them.
I shall certainly be giving them a try next time I am in town.
"Why do I claim this is a subsided business"!? - Urm, let me think for a second - Ok, well how many business models enjoy receiving their stock for free from suppliers who are also their customers?
[quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by. Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.[/p][/quote]Why do you claim this is a subsidised business? It is a profit making enterprise intended to make money for a very good cause. If they take money form the likes of Costa then good luck to them. I shall certainly be giving them a try next time I am in town.[/p][/quote]"Why do I claim this is a subsided business"!? - Urm, let me think for a second - Ok, well how many business models enjoy receiving their stock for free from suppliers who are also their customers? Small Town
  • Score: -14

12:46am Sat 9 Aug 14

CJH says...

Small Town wrote:
New Kid on the Block wrote:
Small Town wrote:
It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by.

Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.
Why do you claim this is a subsidised business?
It is a profit making enterprise intended to make money for a very good cause.
If they take money form the likes of Costa then good luck to them.
I shall certainly be giving them a try next time I am in town.
"Why do I claim this is a subsided business"!? - Urm, let me think for a second - Ok, well how many business models enjoy receiving their stock for free from suppliers who are also their customers?
What a selfish, insensitive and offensive thing to say. Whatever has made you so spiteful? My family has sadly needed help from both St Richards and Acorns hospices. I don't know what we would have done without them. The least we can do is help them in return. What will YOU do if you need them?
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]New Kid on the Block[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by. Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.[/p][/quote]Why do you claim this is a subsidised business? It is a profit making enterprise intended to make money for a very good cause. If they take money form the likes of Costa then good luck to them. I shall certainly be giving them a try next time I am in town.[/p][/quote]"Why do I claim this is a subsided business"!? - Urm, let me think for a second - Ok, well how many business models enjoy receiving their stock for free from suppliers who are also their customers?[/p][/quote]What a selfish, insensitive and offensive thing to say. Whatever has made you so spiteful? My family has sadly needed help from both St Richards and Acorns hospices. I don't know what we would have done without them. The least we can do is help them in return. What will YOU do if you need them? CJH
  • Score: 17

12:46am Sat 9 Aug 14

memberofthepublic says...

Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!!

Let the red arrows commence!!
Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!! Let the red arrows commence!! memberofthepublic
  • Score: -12

12:55am Sat 9 Aug 14

CJH says...

memberofthepublic wrote:
Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!!

Let the red arrows commence!!
And if you'd actually read the article you would know that it's not another shop, it's replacing two others. But don't let the facts get in the way of you thinking you're hilarious...
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And I ask the same question of you as Small Town, what will you do if you need St Richards?
[quote][p][bold]memberofthepublic[/bold] wrote: Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!! Let the red arrows commence!![/p][/quote]And if you'd actually read the article you would know that it's not another shop, it's replacing two others. But don't let the facts get in the way of you thinking you're hilarious... . And I ask the same question of you as Small Town, what will you do if you need St Richards? CJH
  • Score: 12

9:45am Sat 9 Aug 14

daffy says...

PaulMeUnder wrote:
Another charity shop for Worcester! Woo hoo!! More shops where you can experience Basil Fawltyesque customer service!
not quite as it's got the most shops of any other charity in worcester.

also a friend had been in another st richard's shop and said she noticed their prices had gone up. is this to pay for the new shop. when a charity is spending money like this you can understand why people are unwilling to donate good items to charities. i was in age uk and saw abt 5 clear bags of clothing (looked like the bags we use for bagging rags) just inside the door, now if they'd been donations surely they would have been in the back room.
[quote][p][bold]PaulMeUnder[/bold] wrote: Another charity shop for Worcester! Woo hoo!! More shops where you can experience Basil Fawltyesque customer service![/p][/quote]not quite as it's got the most shops of any other charity in worcester. also a friend had been in another st richard's shop and said she noticed their prices had gone up. is this to pay for the new shop. when a charity is spending money like this you can understand why people are unwilling to donate good items to charities. i was in age uk and saw abt 5 clear bags of clothing (looked like the bags we use for bagging rags) just inside the door, now if they'd been donations surely they would have been in the back room. daffy
  • Score: -5

12:17pm Sat 9 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

memberofthepublic wrote:
Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!!

Let the red arrows commence!!
sooner have a charity shop than an overpriced kitchenware store.
[quote][p][bold]memberofthepublic[/bold] wrote: Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!! Let the red arrows commence!![/p][/quote]sooner have a charity shop than an overpriced kitchenware store. liketoknow
  • Score: 7

9:12am Sun 10 Aug 14

themooman says...

Small Town wrote:
It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by.

Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.
Fair play mate you have made a complete buffoon out of yourself!
[quote][p][bold]Small Town[/bold] wrote: It shocking how a subsidised charity business such as St Richards should open a cafe in direct completion to so many locally owned and run cafés and coffee shops close by. Such a short term approach by St Ricks and one that I won't be supporting nor expect others will.[/p][/quote]Fair play mate you have made a complete buffoon out of yourself! themooman
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Sun 10 Aug 14

D8E411 says...

Yes, there are several charity shops in the city, but I'd rather have them there making money to benefit sick people, rather than an empty space??? No-one is forced to enter them, so if you don't like them, don't go in!
Yes, there are several charity shops in the city, but I'd rather have them there making money to benefit sick people, rather than an empty space??? No-one is forced to enter them, so if you don't like them, don't go in! D8E411
  • Score: 11

3:29pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Brownface60 says...

memberofthepublic wrote:
Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!!

Let the red arrows commence!!
The more empty shops, the less attractive a shopping centre becomes, and so fewer people come to the centre. This then has a knock-on effect on existing shops as there is less passing trade. Although some people get a bit sniffy about charity shops, at least they have full shop windows. A lot better than empty windows or security shutters which make a city centre look run down and shabby.
[quote][p][bold]memberofthepublic[/bold] wrote: Just what we need on a struggling high street...another charity shop! Bring back Lakeland!! Let the red arrows commence!![/p][/quote]The more empty shops, the less attractive a shopping centre becomes, and so fewer people come to the centre. This then has a knock-on effect on existing shops as there is less passing trade. Although some people get a bit sniffy about charity shops, at least they have full shop windows. A lot better than empty windows or security shutters which make a city centre look run down and shabby. Brownface60
  • Score: 3

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